2003-06-20 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance
by Susan Hartenstein
From The Artists Studio Rockaway Artists Alliance by Susan Hartenstein

What do you mean, you knew only one answer on the "Movies by Moonlight" quiz? Didn’t you look up the answers? Don’t you know by now that cheating is actually encouraged on these quizzes? How else will you learn? OK, OK. I’ll give you the answers. But you have to promise to go to "MxM" at least one night. Of course, you’ll want to go to both. Friday: "Young Frankenstein," one of Mel Brooks’ funniest movies. Saturday: "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," an imaginative treat for the entire family. Each starts at 8:45 PM, after sunset when the stars come out and the fun begins. The event is brought to you FREE by the Rockaway Artists Alliance in partnership with the National Park Service/Gateway National Recreation Area.

Without further ado (and what would this column be without ado?), the answers to the "MxM 2003" Quiz:

Gene Wilder, who was born Jerome Silberman in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (No, I’m not lying. Have I ever lied to you before?), stars in both films. He plays young Dr. Fredrick Frankenstein and Willy Wonka.

Wilder made his feature film debut in "Bonnie and Clyde," directed by Arthur Penn, about those two depression era gangsters. Remember? Wilder played the frightened undertaker that B & C kidnap. Great and memorable performance.

The supremely talented and absolutely insane Mel Brooks directed "Young Frankenstein." Other films of his include "Blazing Saddles" and "The Producers," upon which the Broadway musical is based. Both films also starred Gene Wilder. Brooks was one of the great writers of Sid Caesar’s "Your Show of Shows." Mel Stuart directed "Willy Wonka."

Peter Boyle, Frank Barone on "Everybody Loves Raymond," plays the Frankenstein Monster. You haven’t lived until you see the singing/dancing duet of Dr. and Monster doing "Puttin’ on the Ritz."

Mary Shelley wrote the original novel, "Frankenstein."

"Willy Wonka" is based on a 1964 novel by Welsh-born Roald Dahl. Dahl led a very interesting life, in various parts of the world and wrote children’s and adult literature. He also wrote the screenplay for "Wonka." If you want to learn more about him, go to www. roalddahl.com.

The novel was titled "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."

Warner Brothers is said to be planning to remake this film next year. John C. Reilly may be interested in playing the chocolate-maker.

Is this the one answer you got? Is that because I told you the year was between 1970 and 1972? Yes, "Willy Wonka" was released in 1971.

Last year the 2 "MxM’ films were "Some Like It Hot" and "The Wizard of Oz." Don’t worry – this year they’re bringing the full box of Crayolas for the second night. Just proving – no matter what, when you get 1000 people together on the grass under the stars, add a cool breeze, popcorn and 2 great films, you get great fun.

"Local Motion: The Sports of Fort Tilden, Rockaway…and Beyond." RAA is inviting artist/sports lovers to submit work for jurying into this upcoming open show. Deadline for submission is June 23, so call RAA or to www. rockawayartistsalliance.com for submission guidelines. Remember – the artwork doesn’t have to just be about this area’s sports.

DIGITALSPLASH 2003. Are you a digital artist? Go to www.rockawayartistsalliance.com to check out the rules for RAA’s national digital art show that will be part of this fall’s ARTSPLASH 2003. You can also print out the entry form. ARTSPLASH call to artists will be up soon.

Many thanks to artist Bill Beirne for his presentation last weekend of "T’ai Chi Army." This fascinating video installation and performances took place at Battery Harris West.

See you at RoCA (Rockaway Center for the Arts) in Fort Tilden. Get to know the arts and cultural partners of Gateway – Rockaway Artists Alliance, Rockaway Theatre Company and The Rockaway Music and Arts Council.

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